January 2, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Career Week | STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Industry Panel. Jan. 30

Career & Networking Week for College of Arts & Sciences students, Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2019,

The Career & Leadership Development Center presents a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Industry Panel on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Baker University Center 503.

During the 2018–2019 academic year, three industries will be featured and include a panel of employers and Ohio University alumni. Light refreshments will be served.

This event part of the College of Arts & Sciences Career & Networking Week, Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, designed especially for undergrad and graduate students majoring in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

About the Speakers

Rebecca Melick, portrait

Rebecca Melick

Rebecca Melick ’94 earned a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO). In her current role as Chemistry Operations Manager at Nestle Quality Assurance Center in Dublin, Ohio, she oversees 125 analytical methods evaluating nutritional composition, food authenticity, chemical contaminants and packaging safety. Her unit performs more than 250,000 tests annually. Melick has been with Nestle since 2006, also serving as a quality specialist focusing on ISO 17025, 9001, 14001 and 18001 conformance and as a chemist in the Chemical Contaminant Department. Before that she worked for Proctor & Gamble, first as a research associate in Olean manufacturing, then as a senior research associate focusing on the effects of foods relative to bioavailabilty and clinical trials for new chemical entities. Her husband is also a Bobcat, graduating from the Russ College of Engineering.

Cynthia Calhoun, portrait

Cynthia Calhoun

Cynthia Calhoun (’88 B.S. in Electrical Engineering) is an aerospace engineer supervisor serving as the Deputy Chief of the Program and Project Assurance Division at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is responsible for ensuring NASA systems are of high quality and operate safely to ensure a successful mission for NASA programs and projects. This includes overseeing an annual budget of $11 million and a staff of 50 employees who evaluate the safety, reliability, and quality of aeronautics and space systems fabrication, and technology or research and development activities that could evolve into space systems. She has authored and presented numerous national and international publications. She also received numerous awards throughout her career for her accomplishments, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for Software Engineering and the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for her STEM outreach efforts with underrepresented and underserved students. Calhoun has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio University, and a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Duquesne University.

Tim Law, portrait

Dr. Tim Law

Dr. Tim Law (’04 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) is a board-certified osteopathic family physician and is currently Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the Principal Investigator on over $3 million of NIH and Pharma studies as the medical director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute as well as the newly formed Clinical and Translational Research Unit. He is also the associate director of the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program. Law successfully instituted programs to improve performance, service quality and peer review. He has served as president of the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association for two years. He also served as a delegate to the American Osteopathic Association. He is a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the President of the – Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine‘s Society of Alumni and Friends. He has received several awards including 2014 National Mentor of the Year award from the American Osteopathic Association and the 2015 Ohio Osteopathic Association Mentor of the Year. He earned a D.O. from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and an MBA in health care management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Louisville, KY.

Lexus CM Davis, portrait

Lexus CM Davis

Lexus CM Davis (’15 BSS) is a software engineer at JP Morgan Chase from the Software Engineer Program (2016). Prior to beginning at JP Morgan Chase, Davis was a part of the 2nd Tech Connect class. Her first rotation began in mortgage banking as a full stack developer on an application that supported the call center. In her second rotation, she worked as a developer in Enterprise Contact Center Services, which covers 55,000 call center agents. She worked under the Robotic Process Automation development team. Currently, she works on the CFW team as a pega developer and lead for automation testing on the team. She earned a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Technology Engineering & Innovation Management from Ohio University in 2015. She was very active on campus, participating in a wide variety of activities including NSBE (senator), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (member) and peer mentoring first-year students. Post-graduation, she participated in a three-month intense coding boot camp focusing on C#, Asp.NET, MVC, HTML and CSS. Not only does Davis have a passion for technology, but she also is dedicated to mentoring young individuals, especially those from the inner city where she grew up.

Juan Thomassie, portrait

Juan Thomassie

Juan Thomassie is Assistant Professor of Interactive Information Design in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Over the last 30 years, he worked as a visual journalist producing information graphics for newspapers, animated graphics for television news broadcast and interactive graphics for the web at He is a designer and illustrator first who later taught himself how to code with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Thomassie now creates interactive information graphics and apps that combine data, design and front-end developer skills. He is also a developer in the Mapbox Developer Network, producing data-driven map applications on a freelance basis. After his career in journalism, he worked for two software startups as a data visualization developer. He has his own interactive data visualization business at He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University.

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